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Good people, good ideas, terrible lack of experience

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Former Employee - Senior/Lead Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Former Employee - Senior/Lead Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I worked at Capcom Vancouver full-time (More than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

Pros

Projects are good, the studio today is doing well and there are some bright people and good investments. It's one of the few growing studios in Vancouver. Compensation is appropriate for the area.

Cons

Feels like an indie studio which grew too fast, lack of experience in driving huge ambitious projects. They seem to have just started on Agile, many of their practices don't scale, milestones are often not respected and projects are often shipping late. Technology is a disaster, lack of expertise in managing engineering processes (some examples, no coding standards, no coding reviews, no time allocated to tasks which are not direct game features, builds always broken even in early stages of the projects) led to a huge technical debt (most of the infrastructure clearly shows decisions which made sense on Ps2 but not today), lots of dead code and almost no one seems to clearly know anymore how most things really work.

Advice to Management

It feels like some of the senior staff is more concerned about keeping the status quo and participating in political games to hide the real problems than do what's needed to drive the studio into the future. Run some internal polls, gather metrics, there is plenty of evidence. Many engineers and artists are miserable, complaining every day about the company in an unhealthy way.

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  1. Good place to learn what not to do

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Capcom Vancouver

    Pros

    Nice people. Fun projects. People are passionate about what they do. Good benefits. Owners are very approachable and easy to talk to.

    Cons

    - Overall quality of work is very poor. At least from a developers standpoint. 10k lines of code for a player. Come on hasn't anyone there heard of design patterns, object oriented development. Just abysmal design. Its a wonder they can final games. - Design decisions all over the map. Once month the game is X then next month game is Y. Then you wonder why things take so long. - Work life balance is not very good. - Terrible pay. They look for junior staff and underpay them. They keep pay low even after you excel and can demonstrate senior capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth.


  2. Helpful (4)

    working hard to improve

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Capcom Vancouver full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    talented staff new leadership is committed to change big opportunities for the future great benefits and fun environment great catalog of IP

    Cons

    lots of legacy from the past to overcome previous management made poor decisions that the current team is still recovering from need to make investment is tools & engine

    Advice to Management

    stay the course, you are on the right path


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